Six burglars rob post office vehicle near Islamabad

Suspects managed to escape with Rs24 million


News Desk November 01, 2017
PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Six burglars escaped after robbing a post office vehicle in Pind Malkan area on Wednesday, in the jurisdiction of Koral police station, on the outskirts of the city.

According to police, the unidentified suspects managed to escape with Rs24 million from the van on three motorbikes. Police officials, however, were unable to apprehend the suspects or foil the robbery as the perpetrators had allegedly been watching the post office vehicle for a long time.

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In 2015, six armed men robbed Rs4.5 million in one of the biggest bank heists of the capital, again near Koral police station.

The robbers entered the bank in a busy market in the Khanna Pul area at 10am and made the staff and customers hostage for 20 minutes. The Koral police station is located close to the market, but the police failed to chase the robbers despite being alerted about the incident.

“Initially, three robbers entered the bank and got hold of me,” said Mazhar Mushtaq, a security guard performing duty at the bank on that day.

He said that later, three more robbers entered the bank and locked the staff and customers in a room before going on a looting spree. The bank was open, but only four customers were inside the branch when the incident took place, he said.

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At the time, the police registered a case against unidentified robbers on the complaint of the bank manager. They also issued sketches of one of the robbers.

Koral SHO Jamshed Khan reportedly reached the spot half-an-hour after the incident. When asked why the police had failed to apprehend the robbers despite being alerted and being present near the scene of the crime, Khan shifted the responsibility on the security guards who had been disarmed and locked in a room with other staffers.

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